ADI and Seeing Machines collaboration to accelerate safer driving

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Analog Devices and Seeing Machines, an advanced computer vision technology company that designs AI-powered operator monitoring systems, are collaborating in the development of high-performance driver and occupant monitoring system (DMS/OMS) technology.

Both driver fatigue and distraction frequently cause accidents, so new and sophisticated advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are evolving to support safety across increasing, varied levels of autonomous capability.

This collaboration pairs ADI’s advanced infrared driver and high-speed Gigabit Multimedia Serial Link (GMSL) camera connectivity solutions with Seeing Machines’ artificial intelligence (AI) DMS and OMS software to support powerful eye gaze, eyelid, head, and body-pose tracking system technology that more accurately monitors driver fatigue and distraction.

The combined solution is intended to meet European Commission General Safety Regulations (GSR) and European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) requirements, enabling future occupant monitoring features and a range of in-cabin camera placement options, that were previously not workable due to a combination of issues such as power efficiency, functional safety, hardware footprint, and image quality.

Semi-autonomous driving systems rely on in-cabin DMS and OMS to recognise and address driver fatigue and distraction and they need to be able to operate in all lighting conditions and require proper infrared lighting to ensure image quality on a frame-by-frame basis necessary for eye tracking in real time.

The combined solution from ADI and Seeing Machines leverages ADI’s industry-first infrared driver for DMS and OMS, capable of delivering up to 100W of peak power in a compact and functionally safe solution. This allows for a non-intrusive, smaller camera module in a vehicle’s cabin.

Seeing Machines’ AI software interprets signals from the optical hardware, monitors and diagnoses the problem, and combines with ADAS features to enable output signals to warn drivers and vehicle occupants when necessary.

“Seeing Machines exists to get people home safely, and our work with ADI aims to support semi-autonomous driving with increased safety levels to deliver what we call ‘supervised automation’,” said Nick DiFiore, SVP and GM of Automotive at Seeing Machines. “ADI’s proven automotive-grade, near-infrared drivers and GMSL devices enable a sophisticated optical path to provide critical illumination and high-speed video bandwidth for real-world and real-time processing of interior cabin environments.”

“Cabin monitoring is complex and requires careful integration of infrared illumination, image capture, data processing, and algorithm layers to achieve a real-time response,” said Yin Wu, Director of Automotive Product Line Management at Analog Devices. “Together with Seeing Machines, we are supporting the automotive industry with pragmatic solutions to help reduce collisions and save lives.”

ADI’s MAX25614 IR LED driver and GMSL serializer and deserializer (SerDes) connectivity solutions are supporting Seeing Machines’ FOVIO DMS and OMS solutions.